Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in Punta Gorda with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is a stay-at-home mother and spends her days creating characters on the good side of twenty-five because she is in serious denial about the fact that she is now on the bad side of it. She has a passion for fantasy of any kind and she reviews every book she reads on her blog Read It Write. If she isn’t having conversations with the friends in her head, you can usually find her clipping coupons or out on the boat enjoying the muddy waters of Peace River (as long as it isn’t below 80 degrees).
Twenty year old Eliza discovers her roots in Voodoo royalty, but claiming her throne means giving up her soul mate.
After learning that she is adopted, Eliza begins her search for her biological family and is propelled into an underground world of witchcraft, seances, and sacrifices where she is worshiped as the descendant of the last great Voodoo Queen of the bayou, Marie Laveau. From her great, great grandmother, she has inherited the ability to heal the souls of others by a
simple touch of her hands.
Eliza is expected cultivate this gift and learn her craft in order to use it and her rightful title as Queen to return the Voodoo community and religion to glory. A task not so terrible if it could be lived beside the devastatingly endearing Samuel Mueller. But Samuel is her Keeper; his chargeis keeping her safe and according to tradition he is not permitted to mingleromantically with his ward. The two struggle to smother the flame that grows between them while Samuel meets his demands as Eliza’s guardian, keeping her from those who would sooner have her killed than let an outsider rule the bayou. And the enemies are much closer than Eliza could have ever imagined.